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In today’s classical news: BBC has announced a season of opera programming, which will coincide with a new exhibition at the V&A in London titled Opera: Passion, Power And Politics, and Gemma Okell is appointed as the new director of Blackheath Halls. Chemnitz’s Opera is looking for a new director that will be selected by their audience, opera singer Kurt Moll died at the age of 78, and four soloists were selected for finals of 43, Deutschen Musikwettbewerb. Discover the long-lost 10-minute scene of unfinished Liszt opera, performed by the soprano Anush Hovhannisyan. Why are female composers not taken as seriously as their male counterparts?

BBC Music Magazine

Classical music scheme hopes to inspire children aged 7-14

The BBC has revealed the line-up of music for its latest Ten Pieces project. Works by composers from the Baroque to the modern eras – including Purcell, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Copland – feature in the latest programme of the popular education scheme, now in its third year. The repertoire list also includes two contemporary works, one of which is a new choral commission by composer Kerry Andrew.

Classical Music Magazine

Blackheath Halls announces new director

Gemma Okell has been appointed as the new director of Blackheath Halls. Taking up the position in April, Okell will continue to broaden and develop the venue’s programme of concerts and events, as well as building on its community initiatives. She will also work closely with the faculty of music at Trinity Laban, which regularly uses Blackheath Halls for rehearsals and performance activities.

Telegraph

We must remember Prince Albert’s numerous contributions to British music

We underestimate the significance to our cultural life of Prince​​ Albert, whose legacy continues to flourish more than 150 years after his death in 1861. The Great Exhibition, held in Hyde Park in 1851, was Albert’s initiative – and it was his idea that the profits should be used to develop a centre for the arts and sciences in South Kensington. The land on which now stand the Natural History and Science museums, as well as the Albert Hall, was bought with that money. The area, known today as Albertopolis, also houses such formidable educational institutions as Imperial College and, of the highest cultural importance, the Royal College of Music.

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30 Candidates Announced For The Van Cliburn Competition

The Cliburn announced today the 30 competitors selected to participate in the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, taking place May 25-June 10, 2017, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The jury will comprise musicians like Leonard Slatkin, jury chairman, Marc-André Hamelin, Joseph Kalichstein and Mari Kodama.

Rossini Specialist Alberto Zedda Is Dead

Italian Conductor Alberto Zedda died in Pesaro, at the age of 89. Zedda, who was artistic director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and the Rossini Opera Festival, was born in Milan in 1928. He studied with Antonino Votto and Carlo Maria Giulini. In 1957 he won the international RAI conductors competition, which enabled him to start a long career on the podium of the most prestigious Italian theatres.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Der Geizhals

Das Opernhaus in Chemnitz veranstaltet einen Casting-Wettbewerb für Regieteams und überlässt dem Publikum die Entscheidung, wer im Haus demnächst Gaetano Donizettis Oper “Don Pasquale” inszenieren wird. Kann das funktionieren?

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Opernsänger Kurt Moll ist tot

Eine tiefdunkle, samtige Stimme ist verstummt: Der Opernsänger Kurt Moll ist im Alter von 78 Jahren gestorben. 2006 sang er zuletzt an der Bayerischen Staatsoper.

DEUTSCHER MUSIKRAT

Vier Solisten stehen im Finale des 43. Deutschen Musikwettbewerbs

Orchesterfinale mit der Staatskapelle Halle unter der Leitung von Dominik Beykirch 
Fünf Werke im Finale, Komposition“

The Guardian

We need more women composers – and it’s not about tokenism, it’s about talent

Why are female composers not taken as seriously as their male counterparts? Sound and Music, the national development organisation for new music, are determined to do something about it

The New York Times

Listen to the First Glimpse of a Long-Lost Liszt Opera

The unfinished Liszt opera — written largely in shorthand, with only one act completed — languished in a Weimar archive for nearly 170 years. A 10-minute scene will be performed by the soprano Anush Hovhannisyan at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition this summer.

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Music History   in 1958 FP of Walter ‘s Viola Concerto, by the , Charles Munch conducting

BBC Music Magazine  Some of our favourite composer quotes. What’s the best musical saying you’ve heard?

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(Written on March 7, 2017 )

 

In today’s classical news, composer Max Richter calls for a greater appreciation of Britain’s classical music heritage.  Philip Glass, soon to turn 80, discusses his career and his relationship with minimalism.  Design Week explores the story behind the London Symphony Orchestra’s new identity, and London-based start-up, Jukedeck, explains how it composes music without a composer, using artificial intelligence. In Germany the Elbphilharmonie’s soundproofing is put to the test by German rock band Einstürzende Neubauten.

The Guardian

Britain must embrace its classical heritage

Max Richter, a leading British composer whose work is used on stage and screen, says UK audiences don’t get the credit for having broad tastes.

Philip Glass on turning 80

‘My problem is people don’t believe I write symphonies.’ About to turn 80, the composer talks about his slow, taxi-driving road to success, and why he is anything but a minimalist…

Design Week

New identity for LSO

The identity for the Orchestra’s 2017/18 season is based on its original conductor logo, also designed by the consultancy, and features a series of animated films by Tobias Gremmler.

The Telegraph

Musicians make the safest drivers

Musicians may make the safest drivers, a new study suggests, after researchers found that people who play an instrument have faster reaction times.

New York Times

Jukedeck – at the cutting edge?

Jukedeck is one of a growing number of companies using artificial intelligence to compose music. Their computers tap tools like artificial neural networks, modeled on the brain, that allow the machines to learn by doing, rather as a child does. So far, at least, these businesses do not seem to be causing much anxiety among musicians.

Der Tagesspiegel

Barenboims Botschaft an New York

Die Berliner Staatskapelle spielt in der Carnegie Hall den ersten kompletten Zyklus aller nummerierten Sinfonien Anton Bruckners – und Maestro Barenboim spricht eine Warnung aus

Krieg gegen die Kunst – Trump droht mit Kürzungen bei der Kulturförderung

Der neue US-Präsident könnte die beiden staatlichen Fördereinrichtungen für Kultur NEA und NEH abschaffen

Kreuzwort-Rattle

Im Herbst übernimmt Simon Rattle das London Symphony Orchestra. Jetzt verriet der Dirigent seine wichtigsten Pläne für die Zukunft. 

Spiegel

Einstürzende Neubauten in der Elbphilharmonie – auch Tinnitus klingt super

Es wurde gelärmt – aber sie steht noch: Zur Eröffnung des Pop-Programms trat die Experimental-Rockband Einstürzende Neubauten in der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie auf. Der Höhepunkt: Das erotische Knistern einer Zigarette.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Die Würde der anderen

Moritz Eggerts Oper “Freax” erhält nun fast zehn Jahre nach dem ersten gescheiterten Versuch ihre aufregende szenische Uraufführung in Regenburg

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Music History @today_classical  in 1981 Death of American Samuel

Classical Music News @classicalmusic Facing the music: Benjamin Grosvenor

Theater Regensburg @theaterRGNSBRG »Die Würde der anderen« – über am @

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Photograph: Stefan Hoederath/Redferns

(Written on January 23, 2017 )

WildKat PR is extremely proud to announce our partnership with the Academy of Ancient Music, one of Britain’s foremost period-instrument ensembles.

Founded over 40 years ago, AAM boasts a discography of 300 recordings, and has been an associate ensemble of the Barbican Centre since 2012. It is led by Music Director Richard Egarr—who celebrates 10 years at the helm during the 2016-17 season—and regularly collaborates with celebrated scholars and performers including Robert Levin, and Alina Ibragimova.

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AAM and Egarr are known for their vibrant playing—‘transmitting the kick of an energy drink’ (Financial Times)—alongside the informed and crafted approach they bring to all they do. Its principal players (including Pavlo Beznosiuk, Bojan Čičić, and Joseph Crouch) take a leading role, giving the AAM its distinctive character, with many experienced voices adding to the mix.

AAM remain at the forefront of the historically-informed performance movement, and pride themselves on sharing little-known gems with a wider audience, evidenced in their latest release, the sonatas of Dario Castello.

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We look forward to working with AAM over the coming months as they look ahead to the launch of their 2017-18 season, and performances of Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion, and Purcell’s opera King Arthur.

See Academy of Ancient Music’s website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as WildKat PR Blog, for their latest news.

(Written on October 13, 2016 )

WildKat PR is pleased to be welcoming back composer Tim Benjamin, who is returning with his latest project Life Stories: a double bill of new one-act operas, Silent Jack and Rest in Peace, set three centuries apart. With words by Anton Chekhov and Anthony Peter, sung by mezzo-soprano Taylor Wilson and bass James Fisher, and produced by Radius, the operas explore a woman and a man in 1720s England and 2020s Moscow respectively. Both protagonists tell their life stories in their final hours and carry themes of chance, loose words and how small life choices can impact your life overall.

Silent Jack tells the story of a noblewoman, wealth lost by her missing husband to the South Sea bubble, who takes up a new life as a highwayman to make ends meet. In this gripping chamber opera, we come face-to-face with “Silent Jack” and hear of her halcyon past and grim decline, until, sharing her final moments of life, we learn of the terrible discovery she has made.

This opera is presented in a direct, intimate format: the protagonist (played by Taylor Wilson) addresses the audience up-close and personally. With a focus on story-telling, it mixes humour and tragedy, accompanied by atmospheric music that draws on Purcell.

Rest In Peace is a contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “Life through questions and exclamations”, a fascinating short story cunningly constructed entirely from snippets of speech from the protagonist’s life, from birth to death. Whereas Chekhov does not specify either the protagonist’s name or present situation, Radius have chosen to set the short story as the final moments of an old homeless man, Ezdeyev, as he reflects upon his life. These reflections gradually reveal to us how this man has arrived here. The drama (in English) is presented in a modern re-invention of Brechtian opera-theatre: both audience and accompanying musicians are vigorously encouraged to join in by the boisterous, comic, and tragic Ezdeyev. Tim’s music – requiring great flexibility from the singer – blends the tuneful influences of Weill and Eisler with sounds reminiscent of Shostakovich and Weinberg.

Life Stories will premiere at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 1st July and will thereafter embark on a tour of the North-West of England in Preston, Halifax and Todmorden culminating in a run of performances at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.

Tim Benjamin is a highly successful composer known for his works for opera, film and television including the critically acclaimed operas Madame X, which toured nationally in 2014, and Emily. More recently, he composed for the short film, By Example which was entered into the BFI 48 Hour Sci-Fi Challenge. When he’s not composing, he is also a teacher of music theory, an examiner in the same subject for ABRSM and the Artistic Director of Radius. Amongst this busy schedule, he is heavily in demand as a speaker and spoke at a TEDx talk in 2015.

Keep up to date with Tim Benjamin, Life Stories and all his other projects through his website and Twitter.

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(Written on May 13, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Write a song for Shakespeare… if you dare

Go where Purcell, Finzi and Adès have dared to go and enter the RSC’s competition to compose a song to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday

Greta Klingsberg, child opera star of the Nazi death camp

When she was 13, concentration camp prisoner Greta Klingsberg was thrilled to be cast as the lead in an opera – even though her audience were SS guards

The Strad

Belenus Quartet wins first prize at the ‘Franz Schubert and Modern Music’ Competition

The Swiss ensemble triumphed in the string quartet category; no first prize was awarded in the piano trio section

Gramophone

New Gramophone podcast: Sir James Galway

The star flautist talks about learning the flute and working with Karajan – download for free

International Arts Manager

London IMAX to stage rarely performed Steve Reich opera

A seldom-performed video opera Three Tales is to get a rare outing at the Science Museum (London) IMAX Theatre (22 – 24 April) as part of the Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century conference taking place in the UK this spring.

Die Welt

Absage an Katharina Wagner – aus Niveau-Gründen

Eigentlich sollte Katharina Wagner im Dezember “Parsifal” in Argentinien inszenieren. Der neu ernannte Theater-Intendant erteilte ihr nun eine Absage.

Der Tagesspiegel

Lars Eidinger, gleich zwei Mal

Oliver Hirschbiegel folgt Hitler-Attentätern, Harald Martenstein erzählt im Video von seiner “Fifty Shades of Grey”-Premiere, und Lars “Hamlet” Eidinger feiert direkt zwei Premieren. Der Berlinale-Tag im Blog.

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Bis Franken kam er nicht …

… doch Bachs Musik hinterlässt bei der Bachwoche Ansbach ihre Spuren – nicht nur ob des Weihnachtsoratoriums im Sommer

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Liebevoll gehegt und gepflegt – ‘Festival Next Generation’ in Bad Ragaz

Die Förderung junger Musiker wird erfolgreich von vielen verschiedenen Institutionen unternommen.

Georges Prêtre erlitt erneut Beinfraktur

Der 90-jährige Dirigent Georges Prêtre hat für die kommenden Wochen alle Konzerte abgesagt, darunter drei Programme an der Mailänder Scala.

Le Figaro

La Callas décroche un nouveau disque d’or

L’enregistrement remasterisé de la diva grecque, La Renaissance d’une voix, par la maison de disques Warner, a dépassé allègrement en trois mois les 50.000 ventes.

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Barbican Centre ‏@BarbicanCentre : Experience an emerging American arts scene as Bryce Dessner curates ‘Mountains & Waves’ in May http://ow.ly/IVunA 

Jessica Duchen @jessicaduchen: Good to see Rattle on BBC News telling it like it is: European conditions are “on the outer reaches of science fiction” for UK orchestras.

Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic: So #ENO has 2 yrs to get its act together, then @ACE_National could cut it adrift. ACE concerned it can’t survive for 3 years #artsfunding

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Sir James Galway. Photo: Gramophone

(Written on February 12, 2015 )

Gramophone

Decca and The Arts Club present inaugural Classical Music Award

The Arts Club in London hosted the final stage of its inaugural Classical Music Award last night (June 2) in collaboration with Decca Records.

Gramophone

Mariinsky Theatre broadcasts first live ballet in 3D

The performance of Swan Lake, starring Yekaterina Kondaurova and Timur Askerov in the lead roles, will be conducted by Valery Gergiev, and streamed to over 1200 cinemas in 50 countries around the globe.

Classic FM

Opera stars stage ‘floating’ Purcell performance

Singers including Helen Jane Howells, Elin Manahan Thomas and Robert Davies performed on a stage suspended above the Roman Baths as part of a unique production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Classical Music Magazine

Record distribution: two down, more to follow?

The decline in CD sales and high-street music retailers has led to the closure of two classical music distributors on opposite sides of the Atlantic, with the future of a third being questioned.

Classic FM

Ecstatic response for LSO Final Fantasy concert

The music of the Final Fantasy video games was given an enthusiastic response last night after the London Symphony Orchestra played a special concert at the Barbican.

Classical Music Magazine

Is it possible to argue that classical music is good for the economy?

In these straitened times, the arts need to make a case for the economic value they bring to the country, regardless of their artistic worth.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ihre Lieblingsgarderobe ist im Deutschen Theater, sagt Dagmar Manzel. Vom Töneschmettern im Auto, Operetten in der DDR und der Stille ihres Gartens.

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(Written on June 4, 2013 )

LA Times

Meryl Streep Explains How Opera Training Helps Her Vocal Control.

Among the many pleasures of Meryl Streep’s “Fresh Air” interview that aired Monday on NPR is the actress’ discussion of her operatic training during her youth.

Telegraph

Mozart Goes To Africa In A Large Lorry.

Rupert Christiansen applauds a new plan to take a flat-pack version of Die Zauberflöte through Africa.

The Opera Novice: Passion For Puccini’s Tosca.

Benjamin Britten looked down on Puccini’s Tosca. But Sameer Rahim was thrilled by his first taste of the ‘shabby little shocker’.

Gramophone

Nicola Luisottie To Head Teatro Di San Carlo.

Conductor named music director of the Naples theatre.

The Harpsichordist János Sebestyén Has Died.

Born March 2nd, 1931, died February 4th, 2012.

ENO Announces The Charles Mackerras Fellowship.

New conducting award for emerging talent.

Guardian

Purcell And A Pint – Welcome To A New Kind Of Classical Concert.

Maggie Faultless and her fellow musicians from the OAE are on a pub crawl which is changing the way they play and audiences listen.

Pass Notes No. 3,119: Curse Of The Ninth Symphony.

Composers have a tendency to pop off after their ninth symphony.

Thelma: An Opera World Premiere.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s opera Thelma is getting its very belated premiere this week. In 2012, the centenary of his death, will Croydon’s most famous musical son finally get the recognition that has so long been denied him?

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

What The Dickens?

Jessica Duchen wonders why isn’t there more music inspired by the works of Dickens.

New Yorker

Number Nine.

A new symphony and classic works by Philip Glass.

The composer in New York City in 1983. Photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe (http://nyr.kr/zMNliL)

(Written on February 8, 2012 )